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SHOTESHAM SCREEN.  May’s movie was absolutely packed out so it may be that future ones could be busier than can be accommodated, might be safer to get your tickets in advance! Final film of the season on Friday 7th June is Wajib, in which a father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughters wedding invitations to each guest, which is the local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama set in Nazareth, poster here. Venue as always, will be Trinity Hall at 7.30pm, tickets £5 each and further details from Raz on 01508 550122 or razwoollacott@gmail.com.  

Tour de Shotesham 19. Well done to all who competed, and many congratulations to our winners. 1st place went to Andrew Yuill in 37.54, a fine effort indeed at an average of just over 6 minutes a lap. First lady was Teri in a highly commendable 42.38, and our fastest under 14 was Ethan Bolas in 58.50. The mature category was led in by Frank and Jane Ellis in 38.52 and 48.20 respectively. If anyone has any photos we’d be pleased to exhibit them here! 

Despite the somewhat cooler weather (and to my eternal chagrin) a northerly breeze, almost 100 people turned out for The Shotesham Duck Race. It looked for a while like the 🦆s were determined not to race but, a couple of brave souls lent some assistance and got them on their way (very well done Gary!). The outcome was always in doubt until an inch or two from the finishing tape, but results were declared as follows;

Under 14s, 1st – No 4 Cecily Garner, 2nd No 124 Isaac Pilkington, 3rd No 304 Neave Copping, 4th No 5 Esme Benson. Adults, 1st No 173 Thelma Hope, 2nd No 70 Pat Adams, 3rd Helen Drake.

Not the best conditions for photos so we’ll leave last year’s one for a while and keep fingers crossed 🤞for some more sunshine  next time! 


A fine morning for the Shotesham Gardeners Annual Bring and Buy Plant Fair with lots of interest for the flora on offer as well as coffee and delicious cakes!     

Next Room with a Brew! will be on Tuesday 21st May from 10.30 – 12pm at Trinity Hall, everyone is welcome to pop in for tea, coffee and a chat with fellow local residents. 

Shotesham Common. For all users of the Common, lest you haven’t seen them yet…the cows are back! They are friendly but should be treated with the normal respect, enjoy your walks! 

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios will be taking place from 25th May to 9th June this year, artists from all over Norfolk will have their studios open for people to visit and see Art in the raw, all for free! Some local artists participating include Lesley & Mary at Flint Cottage, The Common, Gabrielle Bolton at Vallevista, Chapel Lane and Paul Cozens, Long Lane, Stoke Holy Cross. Lots more info at – www.nnopenstudios.org.uk – including opening times. Take a visit, experience Art! 

South Norfolk Show, click here for details

Diary note Shotesham Park Estate Walk. Shotesham Park is pleased to invite you to an ‘Estate Walk’ to take place on Sunday 2nd June at 3 pm from the Hall. The walk will be followed by a BBQ at approx 7pm. Numbers are limited but all ages are very welcome. We will be walking for at least an hour in total, so please wear suitable clothes and footwear, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any dogs. Please RSVP with names and nos to 01508 499285 or jonnott@shoteshampark.co.uk

The Highway Rangers are coming to Shotesham soon, click here for details of the things they can and can’t do, and if you have anything you think they may be able to help with, pass the info to Jeff Gough – clerk.shotesham@outlook.com – who will collate and send on. 

Conservation Group….good work by a motley crew in (known locally as) Wash Lane, click on photo for more. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates, all support always welcome. 

The outcome of the Shotesham Conservation Area consultation has been announced with the revised boundary being adopted. Main areas affected are to the south end of the village on Brooke Road and to the north end along The Common, in addition to a couple of smaller areas in between. If you / your property has been directly affected you should have been contacted directly by South Norfolk Council, in the meantime the revised boundary and other info can still be found at this link.

Walking Group. A fine walk along the paths and fields of Bergh Apton last Sunday, with only a short and light April Shower. Next one will be Sunday 9th June, see diary for details. Let’s hope the sun starts to shine.

All Saints Bell Project……update. All six bells (five original and one new one) are now safely in the tower and being set back to work, should conclude before end of May. 🛎


Bob says ‘thanks to everyone who has been assisting the bell hanger in this project and thus significantly reducing our costs. The remaining work will be supervised at all times and insurance cover will be in place, if anyone else would like to help and can spare some time during these periods, please contact me at hill.cottage@btinternet.com.’ For more information, click  here

Community information….

Norfolk County Council update on the North Western Linkroad here, results of last year’s Children’s Services consultation here.

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

Norfolk campaign to S.C.R.A.P. fly tipping…details here

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Sherry can be contacted at;

Local Police info – May Newsletter

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner – April Newsletter

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